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News from the latest issue - November 2, 2017

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Feds Consider Shift on Student Loan Forgiveness
Education Dept. may abandon Obama-era policy of erasing debt of defrauded students.
Education Dept. to Withdraw 600 Policy Guidance Documents
Agency to scuttle outdated higher ed guidelines, including some that cover flooding in several states in 1997 and how institutions should prepare for Y2K.

IN THE COURTS
Democratic AGs Object to Delay of Borrower Defense Rule
Group of attorneys general argues that the latest delay effectively rescinds the rule without going through the proper rulemaking process.
Labor Dept. to Appeal Ruling Nixing Overtime Rule
Agency plans to appeal a ruling that struck down a contentious Obama-era regulation that would have extended overtime pay to an estimated 4 million people.

 

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DACA Fix to be Separate from Spending Bill

Posted on November 16 2017by Michelle Mott

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Tuesday that lawmakers will not attach a legislative fix to codify protections for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pro...

Senate Republicans Unveil Their Version of Tax Overhaul

Posted on November 14 2017by Michelle Mott

On Thursday night, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released their version of a plan to overhaul the tax code. The proposal is similar to the House bill unveiled last week, including several controve...

Renewed Push to Close 90/10 Loophole

Posted on November 14 2017by Michelle Mott

A group of Senate Democrats reintroduced legislation last week to tighten restrictions on the flow of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) education funds to for...

U.S. Institutions Report Declines in New International Students

Posted on November 14 2017by Heather Zimar

Two recent reports from the Institute of International Education (IIE) show a decline in new international student enrollment at American universities, reports Inside Higher Ed.  The reports ...

Report Finds For-Profits Defraud Students

Posted on November 14 2017by Heather Zimar

A new report by the Century Foundation found that nearly all allegations of fraud submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by students cite for-profit colleges, reports The Chronicle of Higher...

Accreditation Bill Reintroduced

Posted on November 14 2017by Heather Zimar

U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) introduced a bill last week that would allow states to create a parallel accrediting system to direct federal student aid money to career training programs, ...

Executive Director Update - November 9, 2017

Posted on November 9 2017by Michael Reilly

This year, we have witnessed a number of natural disasters that have devastated communities, from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana; Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and th...

Newly-Elected Democratic Governors on Higher Ed

Posted on November 9 2017by Michelle Mott

Tuesday’s elections resulted in Democratic gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey. Virginia elected current Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam to serve in the state’s top office....

Tennessee Promise Program Sees Increase in Applicants

Posted on November 7 2017by Heather Zimar

Almost 85 percent of graduating Tennessee high school students this year applied to the Tennessee Promise, a scholarship program that provides two years tuition-free at a state community or technic...

Report on Indiana Reverse Transfer Released

Posted on November 7 2017by Heather Zimar

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education released a report on its recent study of reverse transfer policy for Indiana students. The study found that while several Indiana state educational inst...

Princeton University, Student and Microsoft File DACA Lawsuit

Posted on November 7 2017by Heather Zimar

Princeton University and Microsoft have filed a joint federal lawsuit against President Trump's rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, reports Inside High...

Tax Overhaul Targets Higher Ed Tax Credits, Deductions, and Benefits

Posted on November 7 2017by Michelle Mott

House Republicans on Thursday unveiled a sweeping tax overhaul plan including several measures that would place new tax burdens on colleges and students, reported Inside Higher Ed. Overall, the pro...

New EU Data Protection Law to Impact US Institutions

Posted on November 7 2017by Michelle Mott

In April 2016, the European Parliament adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which specifies how consumer data of citizens in the European Union (EU) should be used and protected. ...

Democratic AGs Object to Delay of Borrower Defense Rule

Posted on November 1 2017by Michelle Mott

The Democratic attorneys general of 19 states and the District of Columbia this week objected to the latest postponement of the Obama-era borrower defense rule, which aims to make it simpler for de...

Labor Dept. to Appeal Ruling Nixing Overtime Rule

Posted on November 1 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Labor, under the Trump administration, plans to appeal a ruling that struck down a contentious Obama-era regulation that would have extended overtime pay to an estimated 4 mi...

Education Dept. to Withdraw 600 Policy Guidance Documents

Posted on November 1 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department on Friday announced the withdrawal of nearly 600 policy guidance documents, including 72 in special education previously announced and others in offices dealing with K...

Feds Consider Shift on Student Loan Forgiveness

Posted on November 1 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department is considering plans to only offer partial federal loan forgiveness for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to agency officials, reported The Associat...

Lawmakers Quietly Inch Toward Dreamer Deal

Posted on October 25 2017by Michelle Mott

Key Senate Republicans are getting closer to an agreement on legislation to protect the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who will lose work permits and deportation protections starting early next ...

Elimination of Perkins Loans Leads to Tough Options on Campuses

Posted on October 25 2017by Michelle Mott

The federal Perkins Loan program expired last month after key Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blocked legislation to extend it. The lapse leaves approximately 1,500 colleges and universities and 500...

Education Dept. Issues New Delay on Borrower Defense Rule

Posted on October 25 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department on Friday announced a new delay of the Obama administration's borrower defense rule, which aims to make it simpler for defrauded students to have their student loa...